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Ex 5.1 – camera as measuring device

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23RD AUGUST 2015 / 0 COMMENTS / EDIT E5.1 EYV

Use your camera as a measuring device. This doesn’t refer to the distance scale on the focus ring(!). Rather, find a subject that you have an empathy with and take a sequence of shots to ‘explore the distance between you’. (OCA EYV)

These photos are of my wife, who is not fond of being photographed, and moreover I gave her no forewarning that she was about to become part of a photography exercise. During the shoot, I talked light-heartedly to her, trying to elicit different responses.

The camera used was a Panasonic Lumix LX100, set to aperture priority. At the time, the daylight was fading and I forgot to adjust the camera settings in my haste to grab the photos. The first 3 photos are at f/7.1, with shutter speed as low as 1/5 sec. I noticed the settings and adjusted up to f/2.8 with shutter speeds at around 1/30 sec for the last 4 photos. All are at an efl of 70mm.

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My selected shot is number 5. When viewed close, there is ambiguity in her eyes – there is half-smile and half dissident. This is more interesting than the open smiles, where the communication (distance) is clear. It is also more interesting than image 1, where her eyes are questioning what is happening – again the distance is clear, it almost says, ‘you are not welcome’.

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